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What A Joke

Why does the NHL have to epically fail every time they must take disciplinary action on someone? 

Cases in point:

Alex Ovechkin- I’m a huge fan of Ovie and I’ll try to be as impartial as I can, but there’s no guarantees here.  The league suspended Ovie for two games for breaking Brian Campbell.  I personally don’t believe that he was trying to injure Campbell, but it happened and Ovie’s paying the price for it.

To me, it wasn’t dirty.  Ovechkin is a reckless rebel.  He sometimes gets carried away and too forcefully passionate.  While watching the game, I saw the hit and just had a horrible feeling that Ovie would get suspended.

Verdict: reckless and dangerous and definitely not dirty, but the league made the right call.

Steve Downie- To put it bluntly, I hate Sidney Crosby.  However, this was a dirty, dirty hit.  Downie is a repeat offender and a dirtbag.  Guess what his punishment was?  A fine.  What bemuses me about this one is that this was Bettman’s boy who was the victim…I’m just surprised Downie didn’t get, like, a lifetime ban.  Seriously, though, I didn’t like the way Crosby fell.  He’s lucky he’s alright.

Verdict:  dirty all the way…Sid didn’t even have to dive on that one, it was so dirty.  The NHL got this one wrong

Matt Cooke- This is the one that really makes me angry.  Cooke is a repeat offender who deliberately tried to injure Boston’s star player.  It was obviously dirty and yet the league didn’t suspend him.  Oh sure, it’s not technically illegal, but that shouldn’t matter when the intent to injure was there.

Verdict: dirty, dirty, dirty, dirty, DIRTY.  Completely wrong call by the league.

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Shut Up, Crosby, No One Likes You

I’m sorry, I had to say that.  When someone proves a point, I say “Shut up.   No one likes you.”

Anyway, there’s mot much to say.  What else can I say other than, This team is done?  They’re finished.  The Stars are not making the playoffs and that is the sad reality.

And I hate Crosby even more than before if that’s even possible.

More later.  Because right now, I have nothing to say.

Guys, it could be much worse.  We could still have this-

I laughed at this and it sickened me.  Avery, why oh why do you do this to me?  I’m determined to hate you, but I just can’t completely hate you.  At least you’re doing this with another team…

The Aftermath

They might want to call the Vancouver Games the “Upset Games.”  At least that ‘s what they are in terms of the hockey tournament going on.  Slovakia over Russia.  America over Canada.  Czech Republic over Sweden.  WHAT IS GOING ON?  This is crazy, just crazy.  

I’m upset right now because of some of these upsets.  I wanted the gold medal final to be between a combination of Russia, Finland, Sweden, and America.  Now two huge hockey powerhouses- Russia and Sweden- are out.  How the heck does that happen?  Thirty years after the biggest upset ever (that’s the Miracle on Ice, if you didn’t feel like figuring it out), there are upsets aplenty at these Olympics.

Now, I have some words to say to some certain individuals, some good others bad:

To the Russian GM…

Dear Vladislav Tretiak, 

How does Sergei Zubov sound now that Russia’s out of the tournament?  You could have really used a defenseman like him to calm your team down and actually make them look put together.  Russia looked frantic and like they had no plan whatsoever.   It didn’t help that your coach, Vyacheslav “Slava” Bykov, didn’t look like an adequate coach.  And Mr. Tretiak, I just wanted to say that I was right.

To Alex Ovechkin…

Dear Ovie, 

Once again your team didn’t show up when it mattered most.  I’m sorry for that.  You’re awesome, you’re perfect, don’t change a thing.  Just keep being yourself and someday you will be rewarded.  Ovie, you’re one of my favorite players in the NHL.  To me, you are the epitome of my ideal hockey player- exciting, skilled, and has a personality.

When some call you a jerk, I call you a bad-ass.  When they call you dirty, I call you forcefully passionate.  When they call you non-traditional and cocky, I call you a rebel.  More than anything, Alex, just keep doing what you’re doing.

To Team USA…

Dear Americans,

What.  A.  Game.  Way to relive the Miracle on Ice and stage a miracle of your own.  I’ll admit that I was uncertain how such a young team could possible medal.  Thankfully, I was wrong.  I cheered the way I only cheer during the Olympics, if that makes sense.  When Ryan Kesler scored that empty-netter, he was no longer a dirty Canuck.  I didn’t care that Bobby Ryan was a Suck and a Mike Modano-wannabe.  I didn’t care that Brooks Orpik was a teammate of Sidney Crosby.  They were all Americans.  And that is what the Olympics does to a person.

To Sidney Crosby…

Dear Sid,

I don’t like you even more if that’s even possible.

To Brenden Morrow…

Dear Brenden,

I am not about to compliment you on your superb play for Canada.  Rather, I’m about to chew you out for it.  

Brenden, why is it that you look like you care more about Team Canada than the Dallas Stars?  Why is it that all year long you’ve wanted to make Canada’s Olympic team than you wanted the Stars to make the playoffs?  Why can’t you play for the Stars the way  you play for Canada?  Do we not give you good enough linemates on the Stars?  It’s funny, because Jamie Benn, Steve Ott, and Mike Ribeiro aren’t exactly Mike Richards and Jonathan Toews, but they still get the job done.

We want Brenden Morrow, circa 2006-2008.  Where’d he go?  Do we need to find him for you?  Where did our heart and soul of the team Morrow go?

Brenden, make itlook like you care, even if you don’t.  Please do that much for me…

In Other News:

Alex Auld has been waived.  Looks like we’re keeping Turco, huh? Of course you never know with GM Joe…

Finally, I just wanted to share this amazing gif that some wonderful perosn over at the Caps’ blog, Japer’s Rink, made.

No offense to Jaromir Jagr, but he was Ovechkin’d.

NHL Awards Tonight

The big question tonight is whether the Hart Trophy will go to Alex Ovechkin. Evgeni Malkin, or Pavel Datsyuk.  All three are amazing players, so this’ll be a tough one to call.  I think that Ovie has the edge over Malkin and Datstuk, though.  The Hart is supposed to go to the player deemed most valuable to their team.  That’s where Ovechkin has the edge.

Is Malkin that much better than Sidney Crosby?

Would Detroit be a complete failure without Datsyuk?

The answer to both questions is, “No.”  Washington would not be as good a team without Ovechkin.  Bruce Boudreau is a great coach, but he wouldn’t be as good if he didn’t have Ovechkin.  He makes everyone around him better- his teammates and opponents. 

And, he might have won the Art Ross, but he missed a few games, and Malkin didn’t.  In those few games, Ovie probably would’ve had those four extra points to beat Malkin.  Alex Ovechkin is the best player, no question.

Besides, anyone who has the nerve to do a fire-stick celebration like Ovechkin did is awesome in my book. 🙂

The End is Near…

Not that end, but the end of the 2008-2009 playoffs.  I don’t know what I’ll do with my life when there’s no more hockey. 😦  I gotta say, though, that these playoffs rocked.  A lot.

I LOVED that my favorite former Star, shootout assassin, Jussi Jokinen had an awesome postseason.  I love his nickname, “The Finnish-er.”  I almost passed out after I watched the last minute and a half of that Game 7 with New Jersey.  I definitely did not see that one coming.  But it rocked.  I wanted Carolina to win that series because of Juicy, but also because that was the only way we’d see the ultimate series:

Crosby vs. Ovechkin.

Before the playoffs even began, I figured out the only way that we could see Washington play Pittsburgh, and miraculously, it happened.  And that series is one I’ll never forget.  I triple-loved Game 2 when Ovechkin and Crosby both netted hat tricks.  “Anything you can do, I can do better…”  I rooted for the Caps to win the series, and I was initially heartbroken to see them lose the series, but it just wasn’t the year.

Then, of course, we got to see the league’s professional choke artists at their best.  Yep, after winning the President’s Trophy, the Sharks bowed out of the first round to the Sucks.  Gawd I hate Anaheim!  But I wasn’t all that surprised, honestly.  The Sharks just can’t raise their game when it matters.

In the West finals, I loved seeing Detroit own Patrick Kane and the Hawks.  I hate that kid.  He’s such a Mike Modano-wannabe.  Him and Bobby Ryan.

And in the Cup final, we’ve gotten to see a rematch of last year’s and the irony of ironies in Marian Hossa.  The series has been so intense for me, that I haven’t been able to eat on game day, and I’m shaking during the game.  I don’t even want to know what I’ll be like tonight in a winner-take-all Game 7.

It’s been  a great playoff year, and hopefully next year will be even better with the Stars involved and going far.  Stars for the 2010 Stanley Cup! 🙂

Why I Want the Red Wings to Win Tonight

I feel like a traitor for rooting for the Red Wings over the Pens.  The truth is, I used to hate them with a passion.  But after watching these playoffs, I’ve found that I actually kinda like the Wings. 

Blame it on the comedic stylings of Pavel Datsyuk, a guy who has a great sense of humor that sounds even better with a  Russian accent.

However, I’ve stopped liking Sidney Crosby since the playoffs started.  I’d always felt sorry for all the heat the Kid takes for diving and whining.  I’d always though people made that stuff up to have a reason to hate him.  But then, I saw him whine to the refs to make the crowd stop throwing hats for Ovechkin, and then I watched him dive left and right throughout these entire playoffs.  I watched one game during the Carolina series, and I was completely disgusted with Sid’s fruitless attempts to draw calls.

Another reason I like the Red Wings is that they’re usually ahead of us in the standings, so rooting for them won’t hurt our place much.  Now, if we were battling a close race for first or something, then I’d go back into my “Detroit-loathing” mode.

I’ve pretty much forgiven the Wings for beating us in the West finals last year.  We won the season series 3-1, and that revenge felt really good.  Beating Detroit just feels differnt than beating any other team. It puts me in a good mood for weeks and it just feels more rewarding.  Embarrassing them at home by exposing their weak penalty kill was just plain awesome.  Some wounds run pretty deep, but as long as I don’t think about the heartbreak of last spring, I don’t mind Detroit winning.

Lastly, I’m only 14 and a half years old, so I want to see an actual hockey dynasty.  I’m not old enough to remember the Oilers or the Islanders at the height of their greatness.  It’d be cool to say in, like 20 years, “Hey remember when the Red Wings used to be really good?” By then, we’ll be talking about the Dallas Stars dynasty *wink, wink* and how awesome it is.

Oh, and another reason I’m rooting for Detroit tonight is that I like Nicklas Lidstrom.  You just can’t help but respect the guy, and I’d like to see him win a fifth Cup.  Plus, he’d be the very first European-born captain to lead his team to back-to-back Cups.  With that said, Go Wings!